Photography’ It is all in the light ~ By Joe Martin a New Hampshire Photographer

Photography’ It is all in the light ~ By Joe Martin a New Hampshire Photographer

Image of certificate from a portrait lighting workshop

Certificate of Completion of Portrait Lighting Workshop

This summer, I was feeling like I need to get out and do something for me. I was talking to my wife about this and sharing that work and sleep was all I did this year,  and I truly needed to take a short vacation. Not away from anyone in particular, just away from everyday life responsibilities. (I make wooden toys also, if you did not know – is our family business that I have successfully run for the last ten years.) I was working in the shop one day and my wife, Dayna, came out and told me she had found my vacation! It was not a vacation but a class. A class that had to do with a passion of mine, photography! It was a portrait lighting course that was being taught by a amazing teacher, Bobbie LaneShe is an award-winning commercial photographer, and an award winning educator. How lucky was I? It was just a three hour drive away, luckily! I packed my bags and my gear and headed off to Maine Media Workshops for a week of in-depth training.  Little did I know, it was a week that would change me as a professional, forever. We had class from 8:30am-6pm, every day. We shot on location and in the studio. We were taught the right way to set up lighting backdrops and how to control light and even how to shape light. It was a true life changing week in many ways. They had models brought in for us to work with. Some that had worked in the school before and some had never been in front of a camera. We where shown how to talk to the models and how to give posing tips. We went on sort field trips to the small town of Camden, Maine. We took photos of people in the street, which was a great icebreaker to get us used to talking to people that we had not even met before, so when we did have clients, we would be even more comfortable taking to them one on one.  We went to a park and took some models with us and where shown how to use natural light .

It was all-day training and shooting, then back in our rooms, is was all night editing. They were long days, but great days!  I am so glad I was able to make it there learn what I had learned and bring back so much to my own photography style and business. With this new found skill of seeing the light and using it to create even better portraits, I have a better understanding of what light works and does not work, and how to use it to make my clients look their best in each one of their photographs. It was so worth the investment of time and money! I will keep replaying the audio that was recorded from the class and reviewing the notes I took to have it become second nature in my life.

If you live in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont or Massachusetts and need a photographer for portraits of any type form senior portraits, family photos , newborn or wedding photography. Please contact me today.


Photograph from a portrait lighting class

Behind the scenes portrait light course” High Key” set up

portrait light for photographers

Behind the scenes portrait light course studio


About this New Hampshire Photographer

Enjoy this North Conway photography provided by Joe  Martin Photography

Joe Martin is located in Mount Washington Valley Specializing in portrait photography and works as the following : wedding photographer, senior portrait photographer newborn photographer and family photographer.  Photography coverage including but not limited to  New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts including: NH- Rochester, Dover, Concord and Meredith. In Maine Portland, Fryeburg. In Massachusetts Boston, Lawrence, Salem, and Gloucester and beyond.  If your in an area not listed I will travel for the right client.

No matter what your event may be either wedding photography or senior portraits each day is a great day and will be handled professionally with our clients goals in mind. If you have any questions or comments for me or about our photography please call me 603-367-4657 or email me at New Hampshire Wedding Photographer today.


Location Information:

Joe Martin Photography is located in Madison NH, 03849


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